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Forum set for tonight

Aspen Times Staff Report

Plans are still on for a political forum tonight, intended to provide local voters with information about the Aug. 8 election.

But at least one of the candidates invited to participate has said she won’t be there.

The forum will be held 6 to 8:30 tonight at the Gant Condominiums conference center on Ute Avenue.

MaryEllen Schembri, who is running to take the place of Pitkin County commissioner Mick Ireland if he is recalled by the voters, said she will not participate in the forum.

Contacted Wednesday about her plans, Schembri said she would be at a concert in Snowmass Village, “politicking and handing out brochures.” She said this is her only opportunity to campaign in Snowmass.

Pepper Gomes, the other candidate vying to take over Ireland’s spot on the county board, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The forum is meant to provide voters with a look at the candidates in the recall process, and to give a podium to both sides of the debate over the Burlingame Village affordable housing project.

It is being co-hosted by the Pitkin County Democratic Party, The Aspen Times, The Aspen Daily News, and the Roaring Fork Sunday/Aspen.com.


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